Wednesday

Invention Series Umbrella Man



I love inventions and especially those from long ago. This is such a simplistic design and one that apparently didn't quite make it to the mass market. But I like the idea and it would certainly come in handy today as we talk on our cell phones and send text messages. However, if a gusty wind blew in one might be sailing away, rather then walking!


Umbrella Man comes adorned with a bowler hat and gray eyes. I can imagine him walking down the boulevard during a light rain shower, tipping his hat at a passerby.

All of the garments and umbrella were hand embroidered/woven. The umbrella alone took six hours to create. The spines are created with thin copper wire which allows the umbrella to be shaped and provides the 3D affect.

After carefully cutting each garment away from the "frame" arranging the pieces in the layout.

Detail of the woven garments.

A shot after everything was stitched and embroidered. Umbrella Man is 4.5 inches tall and fits on a 9 x 12 canvas. His face is a mere 3/4 inches! Is contoured and includes hand embroidered features.

My wonderful hubs created this beautiful frame after I merely stated that I wanted copper to over lap the canvas in the front. He did his magic with the distressing, aging, making the L brackets and finding just the right screws. Then he put it all together and came up with this lovely frame. Now I can't wait to create the next in this series, just so he can create his magic!

Umbrella man can be found in my Etsy shop. Along with the creation, I am making a small booklet that shows in greater detail how I created this piece as well as a couple of funny stories that happened during the creation.

10 reviews:

alexkeller said...

i really like umbrella man :)))) we could even use it out here to shield ourselves from the sun when its 110 degrees!

Waterrose said...

Good idea! only have to worry about the breeze during monsoon season...

LOVE ART WORKS by KRISTIN LOVE said...

Absolutely Awe Inspiring...and I could totally use one here in Seattle!!
Most Excellent work Rose and the Frame is phenomenal!
xoxo
Kristin

Christina P. said...

I just wanted to stop by and say thank you so much for spreading the word about Helping Hearts!

This is a wonderful blog, btw. I subscribed!

-Christina

woolies said...

I love umbrella man! And the awesome hubby-frame!! :)

Rough Magic Creations said...

Brava, Rose and Hubs! Umbrella Man is a work of inspired genius!

More, please!!! :D

Sherry said...

I saw him in a treasury I was also in and had a feeling you may have blogged about him. I love reading about the process. He is an amazing piece, Rose.

xosherry

kellypea said...

He's beautiful and the frame is perfect to showcase your lovely work. My creativity is slowly thawing out, and I love seeing such work. It makes me want to get busy.

Heather Leavers said...

oh my goodness - he's brilliant! the detailing is fantastic.

Waterrose said...

Thanks Knifty...he was a lot of fun to create!

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